Dodge Viper driven

That was a revelation to not just us, but also Ralph Gilles, the boss of SRT, who had his first track laps in a new Viper right after we'd finished with it. Riding shotgun with him on his maiden voyage, Ralph, who has plenty of seat time racing Vipers, shared his first thoughts. "I'm so comfortable with the old car it's not scary to me," he says. "But you are definitely having to manage it, having a wrestling match with it.

In this new car you are going faster without even realising it, which to me is evidence of a true sports car. We were proud of the myth [of the Viper being a handful to drive fast], but there comes a point where it doesn't make sense."